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iMovie '09: Speed Clips up to 2,000%

iMovie '09 brings back the capability to speed up or slow down clips, which went missing in iMovie '08. Select a clip and bring up the Clip Inspector by double-clicking the clip, clicking the Inspector button on the toolbar, or pressing the I key. Just as with its last appearance in iMovie HD 6, you can move a slider to make the video play back slower or faster (indicated by a turtle or hare icon).

You can also enter a value into the text field to the right of the slider, and this is where things get interesting. You're not limited to the tick mark values on the slider, so you can set the speed to be 118% of normal if you want. The field below that tells you the clip's changed duration.

But you can also exceed the boundaries of the speed slider. Enter any number between 5% and 2000%, then click Done.

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Dragon Dictate 2.5

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Nuance has released Dragon Dictate 2.5. The latest version of the dictation software introduces a few new features, including a “numbers” mode, Facebook and Twitter commands, and compatibility with the company’s Dragon Remote app, which lets iPhone owners use their handsets as a remote microphone. In addition, Dragon Dictate is now compatible with Microsoft Word 2011, supports more auto-formatting options, and comes with several new voice training stories. The app can also put itself to sleep when it does not receive any input through the microphone for longer than 1 minute. Note that we’ve now learned that Dragon Dictate 2.5 (and Nuance’s other Mac products) are not yet fully Lion-compatible, though you can avoid nearly all Lion problems if you close everything before quitting or restarting. ($179.99 and up new, free update, 13.5 MB)

 

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Comments about Dragon Dictate 2.5
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David Buckley  2011-08-08 16:33
Hi all and thanks as always for the wonderful TidBits. I so want to use this but from their site, Dictate does not seem to support Lion:

"Dragon Dictate 2.5 customers may experience irregular software crashes when opening or running the software on the new Apple OS X Lion. We are currently investigating reports to discover and address the root cause of the issue. If you wish to continue using Dragon Dictate most effectively, we encourage you to maintain Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)."

As they are a long-time sponsor, have you gotten any guidance about the efforts toward Lion compatibility?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-08-09 06:03
I'm checking with my contact there, David, but I think it's safe to say they're working on it. While it's distressing that they're not Lion-compatible (and I'll update the article above to note this), they do get points for being forthright about it at:

http://nuance.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6281
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-08-09 08:11
OK, I've looked into this more and learned that the problems revolve around the restoration of state. If you don't quit/restart with a notepad window open, or in the middle of a training session, Nuance's products should work pretty well in Lion. Just make sure the app comes up fresh each time. They're working on a fix...
David Buckley  2011-08-09 10:02
I respect them for their forthrightness and you for the general excellence of all things TidBitian!

I am interested in using Dictate with Scrivener...any experience/hearsay on any OS?